In the small western Massachusetts town of Hinsdale, the Select Board Wednesday shot down the bid by ousted Police Chief Nancy Daniels’ to be hired as a part-time officer. Following the decision, the Select Board voted to adjourn the meeting after 15 minutes, as the crowd angrily voiced their disapproval.
The Select Board in Hinsdale, Massachusetts has hired a temporary police chief to fill the role left vacant by embattled Chief Nancy Daniels.
Wednesday’s meeting drew an even larger crowd than normal in the town of nearly 2,000, forcing the Select Board to move the gathering to the school gym next door. The rowdy crowd of more than 100 expressed its displeasure with the hiring of former Pittsfield police officer Charles Bassett by a 2 to 1 vote from the board.
At Wednesday's meeting, Hinsdale Police Officer Rodney Maloney asked the Select Board to put Chief Nancy Daniels on part-time status, while more than 300 residents called for a special town meeting for a recall of elected officials.
Frustration continues to mount over the controversial status of the police chief and Select Board in the small western Massachusetts town of Hinsdale.
In November, the town’s Select Board placed Police Chief Nancy Daniels on paid administrative leave because she failed to complete state required training needed to serve as a full-time officer. With the support of the town’s four other police officers, Officer Rodney Maloney presented a letter to the board Wednesday saying Daniels' absence is hurting the town’s 2,000 residents.
Drama in the small western Massachusetts town of Hinsdale continues. More than 300 residents have called for the Select Chair to resign, following the Board’s decision to put the police chief on paid administrative leave after she failed to complete state-mandated training.
People in Hinsdale continue to pack Select Board weekly meetings waiting on word of the status of Police Chief Nancy Daniels. More than 300 residents have called for the resignation of Select Chair Bonnie Conner.
Hinsdale residents packed the meeting room and lined up down the hall at Wednesday's Select Board meeting. At the start of the meeting, Select Chair Bonnie Conner was handed a petition signed by more than 300 residents asking for her resignation.